Interview: No Left Turn

The first time I saw No Left Turn perform was in May of 2004, smashing the decks at a party called “Lord of the Raves.” His performance that night was legendary, and earned him a place as a regular fan favourite in Toronto, even though he hails from way out west in San Francisco. Since that time, he’s gone on to found one of North America’s most popular hardcore record labels (K12 Studios) and perform around the globe, even reaching as far as the world’s top hardcore event: HTID In The Sun, hosted in Llore De Mar, Spain.

Read on to find out more about what makes No Left Turn click, and just how many patties he once ate in a single hamburger. Enjoy!

How long have you been performing?

12 years

With which companies or organizations (if any) are you affiliated?

K12 Studios, Kikwear, Harder Faster Louder

Tell me about the music you’re into:

To put it simply, hardcore is 175bpm dance music. It sounds like it’s absurdly fast, but it’s not once you actually listen to it.

How did you get into this music?

About 2 months after I went to my first rave, I met a girl that introduced me to it right away. The first song I ever heard was Kaos & Huxley’s remix of “Together In Electric Dreams” which was a eurodance song that I used to listen to all the time in high school. (At the time I didn’t know it was originally done by Phil Oakley.) The transition from eurodance to hardcore didn’t seem like too big of a deal.

If you had to show that music to somebody using just one song that really captured the essence of the style, what song would it be?

Show Me The Way” by Dougal, Gammer & JB-CNo Left Turn 1

Where can you usually be found performing?

Mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What are your musical influences?

Dragonforce, Slipknot, Z-Trip, Gammer, Fracus & Darwin, Reese, Pendulum/Knife Party, Anamanaguchi. That would be the short list.

What makes a song stand out for you?

When it’s so good that I feel like I don’t need to write music anymore.

What story do you try to tell with your music?

Being a DJ first and producer second, my songs are very dance oriented so I feel like there’s a lot less storytelling and more fun sounding things. Whether people are familiar with my songs or not, I want people to simply like what they’re hearing when they’re played out.

If you could pick just one track of yours that you’d want everybody to listen to, what would it be and where can people hear it?

Boom Dubi Doom”. You can hear a clip of it on my SoundCloud page and it’s also available for purchase on iTunes.

What sort of gear do you use at home? What about during shows?

At home I have a Traktor rig with various MIDI Fighters and Novation Launchpad. I’m currently only using these for my Shoot For The Stars project, but will eventually transition these into my No Left Turn sets hopefully by the end of the year.

Of what achievements are you particularly proud?

Just recently spun at HTID In The Sun. That was a pretty big one for me.

Something most people don’t know about you:

I once ate a 21-patty hamburger.

Follow No Left Turn on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud to keep up to date on his latest musical adventures. And keep an eye out for him on a rave lineup near you!

Words: Tim Ellis

Main Image: Angry Panda Photography